Demonstrations in Berlin will be compulsory wearing masks

Demonstrations in Berlin will be compulsory wearing masks

Protests in Berlin with more than 100 participants will in future be subject to compulsory masks.According to information from the German Press Agency, the Senate agreed to this at its meeting on September 1, 2020. However, there will be exceptions, for example for car parades.

A demonstrator speaks into a microphone wearing a mouth guard.

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A demonstrator speaks into a microphone wearing a mouth guard.

According to the previous infection protection ordinance in Berlin, participants in demonstrations were not required to wear a mouth and nose protector. Details are to be announced at the press conference after the Senate session on Tuesday afternoon.

Masks are already mandatory in buses and trains

Such a mask obligation applies, for example, in buses and trains or in retail stores and, since the beginning of the new school year, also in school buildings, but not during lessons. The Senate discussed the issue after there had been several demonstrations in Berlin against the Corona policy over the weekend.

Senate sees high health risk for the population

According to estimates by the authorities, a total of about 38,000 people took part in the protests against the Corona measures in Berlin on Saturday. Actually, the Berlin authorities wanted to ban the meetings, but they were defeated in court. As reason for the prohibition order the police had stated, by the accumulation of tens of thousands humans - often without mask and distance - a too high health risk for the population develops. This had already been shown by the demonstration against the Corona policy on August 1 in Berlin, in which most demonstrators deliberately ignored hygiene rules.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Tuesday, 1. September 2020 16:36 Uhr

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